Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official

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Danica Roem's Slogan: "Fix Route 28 Now" In an online ad produced by The People PAC, Roem speaks the camera and first identifies herself - before anything else - as a life-long Manassas resident: "I was born and raised at Prince William Hospital in Manassas and I've lived in Manassas ever since".

Victory Fund, a group that advocates for LGBTQ candidates, said Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman elected to the city council of a major US city. She raised almost triple the amount of campaign funds as Republican rival Bob Marshall, known as one of the most socially conservative Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates.

There have been other trans people elected to office, but they weren't openly trans while campaigning.

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Andrea Jenkins this week became the first trans person of colour elected to any office in the USA , and people are overjoyed. The paper said she was highly qualified, the Advocate reported , and well-prepared to take on her new role on the council.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem told reporters after the election results came in during the evening of November 7. And she knocks the incumbent for "demonstrat [ing] that his legislative priorities are more focused on where I go to the bathroom than how his constituents get to work". Marshall introduced a "bathroom bill" to the district, it died in committee.

Meanwhile, Marshall also built his campaign by running transphobic attacks on Roem and accusing her of teaching pre-school students about gender identity.

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence". The 33-year-old came out as trans in 2013.

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Oh, and she's also in a metal band.

Andrea Jenkins won a council seat in Minneapolis with roughly 73 per cent of the vote. Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became the first Asian American woman elected to the Virgina House of Delegates.

Charlotte, N.C., elected its first female African American mayor, Democrat Vi Lyles.

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Stephe Koontz won a spot on the the Doraville City Council, just northeast of Atlanta, becoming the city's first transgender elected official. And Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala both defeated Republican incumbents to become the first Latina women elected to the chamber.

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